FAQs For Mentors

What is the giving hour?
The Giving Hour is a community connectivity engine designed to engage, inspire and better connect all of the outstanding and talented individuals in our community with the many mentorship opportunities available.

The goal of The Giving Hour is to engage individuals through their employers, places of worship, favorite nonprofit, or other community membership organizations. The Giving Hour endeavors to unite and uplift the Memphis area by asking the question, “What can an hour of someone’s time spent mentoring mean to the community?”

Who is eligible to join our mentorship network?
• Individuals who have a strong desire to mentor others and create change within our community.
• Residents exclusive only to the City of Memphis, Shelby County, and a few other border counties.
• Partner organizations looking to join must be defined under the following:
- Corporate
- Faith Based
- Non-profit
- Mentorship
- Gov. and Education

Note: Age restrictions will occur for specific mentoring opportunities (ie. Youth professional development).

How do I join The Giving Hour?
1. Sign up via thegivinghour.org.
2. Complete all necessary online applications and receive a login to the Giving Hour portal.
3. Match with a mentoring program
4. Begin mentoring!

When and where will mentoring occur?
• Mentoring occurs at either the mentoring organization’s location or any prior-specified meeting area.
• The Giving Hours campaign begins February 1, 2017. After February 1, mentorships may start accepting applicants and begin their mentoring sessions.
• Though we hope to be able to have organizations begin mentoring as soon as February, organizations will decide their own acceptance criteria and mentoring seasons. Due to this, mentorships provided by each of our diverse partner organizations will begin at different time periods.

When will I know if when I have match with a program?
You will receive a notification within your personalized login that you have matched with an organization. Upon matching, mentoring organizations reserve the right to require further applications or interviews.

Do I have to be subject matter experts to be a mentor?
Prior expertise in the subject matter of your mentoring program definitely helps. However, certain mentoring programs may provide training within the programs they want to mentor for. For more information on whether your matched organization provides mentoring training, contact the programs administrator. Our toolkits will also have best practices in which members of the organizations can use to receive guidance on what mentoring methods will most successfully help them reach their protégés.

What are the time commitments to be a mentor?
The Giving Hour itself does not require any specific time commitments other than having a mentoring session last the minimum of an hour. The mentoring program you match with will assist you in setting the time commitments on duration and frequency of the program.

Will there be I be a part of a mentoring team or will I individually mentor a protégé?
Though we recommend mentoring programs to mentor in teams, individual mentoring opportunities exist as well. Find out what opportunities your program has by contacting your program administrator.

How will I communicate with my partner? Will we need to meet face-to-face?
Communication is accessible through the MentorMe software we provide, in person, via phone, e-mail, web meeting, or other form of communication.  Communications are at the expense of the participants.

Do I have to mentor for an organization or can I mentor independently?
The Giving Hour is a referral network designed to increase the number of mentors in our community and provide a warm handoff of those mentors to their matched organizations. Therefore, independent mentoring would not be possible. We do, however, provide a matching service to provide the best mentoring organization suited for you.

Where can I find the assistance documents and information I need during my mentorship?
All current Mentoring Program participants are given access to an account on our MentorMe software after joining. From The Giving Hour web page, you can navigate to the login where you will enter the software.  Here you will find helpful information packets such as toolkits and information on your mentorship match.

Will the personal and professional information I share through the Mentoring Program be kept confidential?
Yes, all program applicants are required to sign a confidentiality statement at the time they apply. Finally, all participants should adhere to all applicable privacy policies and procedures instituted by their employers.

If you have any additional questions, please direct them to thegivinghour@hro-partners.com.
For any technical assistance please direct to help@getmentorme.com or text (901) 267-0774